3 lessons to be learnt from Channel 4’s The Interview

Anyone who’s ever had a bad job interview (so, pretty much all of us then) will be able to empathise with the candidates on Channel 4’s new documentary, The Interview. The programme films real candidates going for a real vacancy at a real company, giving viewers a warts-and-all look at the awkwardness and difficulties that often surround the interview process. It’s a fascinating look at the different ways in which people interview, and there are valuable lessons to be learnt from the mistakes that the candidates made.

Give the interviewer a chance to think

Being talkative in an interview is generally a positive thing. The employer wants to see someone who is confident and personable, and a good candidate should be able to speak engagingly and passionately about their field. However, as with most things in an interview, there is a balance to be struck, and it’s important to ensure that your answers remain concise and to the point. Vicki’s answers were strong to begin with, but became increasingly long-winded and meandering as the interview progressed, leaving the interviewer feeling exasperated and, most likely, exhausted. Remember that it’s quality over quantity that the employer is looking for – if you can answer the question well in a minute, there’s no need to speak for another minute just to pad it out.

Be honest, but not too honest

Nicole started her interview well, giving solid responses and holding her own with the interviewer, before giving an answer sure to make any watching recruiters cringe. Asked whether she thought she’d enjoy the job, her answer was: “Well, no one knows do they? I suppose I can move on to something else if I get bored.” It’s hard to imagine what the thought process was behind such an answer, but presumably it was an attempt at a kind of refreshing honesty. Needless to say, the interview ended there.

If you are good enough, you are good enough

The successful candidate, Jody, was returning to the world of work after eight years out raising her children. Big gaps on CVs are often perceived as being a turn-off for recruiters, but the reality is that if the candidate is good enough, then that is all that matters. As long as gaps are fully explained, and there is a justified reason for them, they don’t need to be a problem.

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